Susan Hwang - Eating in AMERICANAH

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Susan Hwang - janggu, vocal, accordion
Charlie Nieland on bass
Jessie Kilguss - harmonies
Jennifer Devore - cello


Being allowed to make omelettes
only on the weekends
Just so they can pretend
his onugbu soup isn’t better than hers.
She made reconciliatory pancakes that didn’t work.

Those kids think the seedless oranges are right.
They don’t know the ones split by lovers in the middle of the night

A white man at key food might criticize your tostitos.
The waiter is annoyed that you want real potatoes.
The days of over-spiced coconut rice
when she imagined ginger on lips and yellow curry licked,
but he would not do things improbably.
He had a firm reed of goodness where his spine should be.

Since when did you become a
they have things we can eat kind of person.
An act of rebellion was eating non organic chocolate.

Since when did you become
they have things we can eat kind of person.
He eats whole wheat croissants
and grains with names she’ll always get wrong
like bulgar and quinoa because they have protein.
He knows which vegetables have the most carotene,

A plate of chin-chin will made him homesick.
She imagined ginger on lips and yellow curry licked.
That guy didn’t have a spine but a firm reed of goodness
There was that time he ate a semen sandwich.

Since when did you prefer
to pay 13 pounds for a burger
arranged so perfectly
where a decent martini should be.

Not having her near
affects the taste of his favorite beer.

Love is being eager for tomorrow .


from AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, released June 1, 2017



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We started in January 2009 playing songs written in response to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. We haven't stopped since. We've written & performed songs inspired by everything from "On The Origin of Species" to Dr. Seuss to Raymond Carver. There are BBCs popping up nationwide now. Bushwick Book Club Seattle started in 2010 & is run by Geoff Larson. Our nerdy dare-devilry knows no bounds. ... more

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